Almost exactly one year since this interview, after which I received thousands, really thousands of messages, comments, threats, death threats, a bounty put out to kill me, by Ukrainian government-backed Mirotvorets. It was shown to committees, governments, and more. What a fuss!
This is a Donbass video I’m no longer able to show on YouTube, but which needs to be shown.
In August of 2014, Ukrainian forces had almost surrounded the city of Lugansk – held at that time, still held by the Lugansk People’s Republic forces. The Ukrainian military’s closest stronghold to the city was Lugansk airport, some 10km from city limits, and from there, they rained shelling down on the city of Lugansk throughout July, and August of 2014.
This shelling, which hit all over the city of Lugansk, caused mass civilian loss of life. Here is an 18+ video, from August 13th, 2014.
Why did they choose to do this? Ukrainian forces knew perfectly well they couldn’t take Lugansk by force. Or, they were unwilling to try. Their intention was to terrorise the people of Lugansk into surrendering. That didn’t happen, but the legacy of their campaign is some horrific stories. Go to Lugansk’s southern cemetery, you’ll find this gravestone:
This was a family of 3, the Knishes. On the 14th of July, they were all packed, and ready to leave Lugansk, to escape the daily shelling of the city by Ukrainian forces. In a cruel twist of fate, shelling hit them just as they were about to leave.
And there’s thousands of other tragic stories of the results of Ukrainian shelling of Lugansk, 2014. I was there, witnessed it with my own eyes. The memories, losses, pain, anger, is there to this day in Lugansk.
As a military operation by Ukraine, it was a complete failure. Fired up by the actions of Ukraine’s forces against their city, Lugansk People’s Republic forces drove Ukrainian forces from Lugansk aiport, and other positions nearby, at the start of September, 2014.
More on that to come, in this series, of facts, from the ground, explaining to you what really happened in Donbass.
From early August, I could write a post every day ‘3 years ago’…. 3 years ago it was the Lugansk blockade. August of 2014, Lugansk was surrounded by Ukrainian forces, shelling and death every day.
We would be in the admin building, it would hit, there’d be an order to take shelter. Then, it would abate, you’d run to the scene, but so much shelling, you had to choose where to run. One day, August 20th, 2014, I ran one way, to a church hit by shelling –
– volunteers ran the other way.
Marina was 7, she had been put into a coma. I went to see her mother Nataliya in hospital afterwards, and she cried that her daughter, who loved dancing, would never dance again.
But Marina never even emerged from coma, she died the next morning.
The other day, I put a video on YouTube about the UK’s involvement in the Ukraine war.
After a couple of days, with the video getting thousands of hits – YouTube removed it. Why? For supposedly ‘violating their community guidelines’. Yet – all the video content on it, is already on YouTube, videos I uploaded some time ago.
So, removed from YouTube, here I present the full video for you – strictly 18+
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